NEW YORK — Trash recycling plant operator Rockaway Inc. is closing its Rockaway Bay recycling plant after a two-year delay, saying it can no longer meet state recycling requirements.
The company has not yet announced the closure date, and the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Rockaway Inc., which is based in Westwood, Calif., said in a statement it would continue to collect recyclables for customers at the site and that it has already received state permits to expand the facility, which it plans to expand to accommodate a new customer.
This is the third year the company has missed deadlines for complying with the state’s recycling standards, the company said.
State officials said in December that the Rockaway recycling plant will shut down at the end of this year and the site will remain closed until 2020.
New York’s recycling programs are considered the most stringent in the nation.
They require that recycling be disposed of in a way that does not damage the environment.